1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Main stage

Every second year, the European Youth Week aims to celebrate and promote youth activities through events organised in all countries participating in Erasmus+ programme. Next grass root activities at national level, the European Youth Week will bring together young people, project participants, youth organisations and policy-makers in a European event held in Brussels at the European Parliament.

From 29 April to 5 May, events will be taking place across Europe under the theme “Democracy and me”. The European Youth Week will explore the ways young people can influence decisions and be active in society.

2 p.m. - 6 p.m. - Digital Activism tent

6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. - European Parliament Esplanade

The European Youth Forum will organise its own large-scale Debate Watching Party in Brussels as part of European Youth Week, on the Esplanade of the European Parliament. It will be the place to watch the Maastricht debate for all those living in Brussels, and will be the opportunity to bring in youth perspectives and other reactions to the debate.

Facebook event

9:30 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Digital Activism tent

Social media training on how to use Facebook and Instagram tools for politics, to campaign, defend causes, engage communities and foster civic engagement. With a focus on how to use video tools.

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9:45 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Debate stage

Established by the European Commission in 2018 as part of the Erasmus+ programme, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking pilot initiative that brings together young people aged 18-30 from Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in a fruitful intercultural dialogue. By giving them the chance to discuss topics such as citizenship,  nationalism, immigration etc. with peers from other countries, this initiative promotes tolerance, freedom, non-discrimination and critical thinking among participants, thus empowering them to become active citizens within their communities. Join us in an open discussion about how you can join and become part of the initiative.

Organised by: European Educational Exchanges - Youth For Understanding

10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Young European Socialists tent

A workshop to challenge your own thoughts and the ones of others generating action plans to increase the number of young women in politics. Join the Young European Socialists and Foundation for Progressive Studies (FEPS)  to find out how we can get more young women represented.

10:30 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Digital Activism tent

How to develop global online spaces for healthy debate and discussion. This session will cover everything from how to set up a Facebook Group to moderation and more for those interested.

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11 a.m. - noon - Debate stage

In an era in which technology and digital media is an integral part of our lives, the digital space is increasingly becoming the space through which young people discover, engage, discuss and argue about their political views and ideas.  From internet forums to Facebook and Youtube, the internet is shaping a new generation of activists who use the new digital tools at their disposal to reach out to their followers and talk about human rights, active citizenship and respect for the other. Join us for a discussion with some of these online activists, learn about what motivated them to advocate for human rights on the internet, what are the main up and downs of their experience and on how you can also become a force for good in the digital space.

11 a.m. - noon - European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding tent

How well do you know the European Project? What does it mean to be an active European citizen? In our workshop you’ll learn the skills you need to become an active citizen and how you can make a change in Europe. Through our interactive, simulation, role-playing-game we’ll explore some of the issues young people face and look at solutions to how we can create a Europe that works for all young people.

Join us in at the Yo!Fest village for this activity organised by EEE-YFU, the European Confederation of Youth Clubs, YFU Vlaanderen and supported by Erasmus Student Network.

Co-organised with: European Confederation of Youth Clubs, Youth For Understanding Vlaanderen, Erasmus Student Network

11 a.m. - noon - OBESSU & the European Students’ Union tent

A favourite game, with an EU and education spin on it! Join us to have fun and learn facts about current European affairs related to education. If your team wins, one of you gets to sit on our panel later!

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Youth for Exchange and Understanding tent

GamifyEU is a journey of discovery through the history, principles, and purpose of the European Union. Join us on this quest to better understand the EU, from its origins all the way into the present and future. Play your way through Europe, learning more and more about the EU! Only YOU can decide how the EU will be in the upcoming years!

Co-organised with: Molengeek, DYPALL Network, La Fenice, Active Bulgarian Society, Project 2020/Hiraeth

11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Digital Activism tent

A hands-on, fun and engaging way to learn how to create great content on Instagram and reach new and exciting communities of interest and activism.

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noon - 1 p.m. - The Federation of Young European Greens tent

In August 2018, Greta Thunberg stopped going to school. Greta demanded that the Swedish government reduce carbon emissions. Since Greta started the campaign she has been on strike every Friday with thousands around the world joining her. Since then, Greta’s campaign has spread around the globe with climate strikes being held on every continent. 

The climate strikers have found a way to shake up politics and put climate in the spotlight. By challenging the norm and using new methods they’re putting their concerns firmly on the agenda.

Join the Federation of Young European Greens in the Yo!Fest Village and meet the young climate activists! We will discuss how climate activism has evolved in the last years and where we are going. Welcome to come and get inspired for your own activism!

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - World Organisation of the Scout Movement tent

Scouts invite you to share: “What does Europe mean to you?” in a creative way. We all share European values but we also have different passions. Join us and get an EU scarf for the most creative proposals!

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. - OBESSU & the European Students’ Union tent

What kind of campaign do YOU want for the elections? Create your own flyer, post your messages on social media, get other young people to engage with the elections and youth up the way we talk about the EU. 

Join us for this creative session where you can learn how to campaign creatively!

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - AEGEE tent

The Y Vote project with the Youth Agenda and its recommendations aims to bring the young people’s voice and perspective in the center of not only the EP elections (where youth participation in 2014 was just 28%) but the democratic system as a whole.

12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Erasmus Student Network‘s tent

The Erasmus Programme is a flagship project of the European Union. However, not all participants, or citizens in general, associate the programme with the EU. This activity aims at making the full connection between the positive understanding around the Erasmus Programme and the Union that allowed it to happen in the first place, urging the participants to vote to protect the programme.The activity will be based on a human library in which actual Erasmus students will share their stories with people that have not been on mobility. The aim is to break the nationalist rhetoric with real humans through live conversations.

1 p.m. - 2 p.m. - AEGEE tent

The media has the power to influence how we understand the world around us. It can open our minds to new thoughts, or push us in a certain direction. Join us to explore solutions on increasing critical thinking when reading the news and growing our media literacy.

Co-organised with: TÜSİAD

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Debate stage

As education takes a more important front seat in European discussions, we must discuss the role Members of the European Parliament can play in advancing free and accessible education for all. We have assembled a diverse panel or current and aspiring MEPs, civil society activists and a surprise guest!


with

Jimmy Bastings, MEP candidate 

Julie Ward, MEP

Krystyna Łybacka, MEP

Rob O’Donnell, OBESSU board member

Moderator: Katrina Koppel, ESU vice-president

Co-organised with: Organising Bureau of European School Student Unions

2 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Digital Activism tent

A practical session on how to protect yourself on Facebook and Messenger. Learn about how to use two-factor authentication, report harassment and keep your accounts safe.

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2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding tent

How well do you know the European Project? What does it mean to be an active European citizen? In our workshop you’ll learn the skills you need to become an active citizen and how you can make a change in Europe. Through our interactive, simulation, role-playing-game we’ll explore some of the issues young people face and look at solutions to how we can create a Europe that works for all young people.

Co-organised with: EEE-YFU, the European Confederation of Youth Clubs, YFU Vlaanderen

Supported by: Erasmus Student Network

2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Erasmus Student Network‘s tent

The workshop is designed to make you reflect on your role as a young citizens and what can individuals do together to raise the profile of civil society organisations as generators of active citizens.

The session starts with a definition of the topic done by the participants and evolves into an analysis of its current state in Europe. You will discuss initiatives you could join, or learn how to create new activities together.

2:45 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Debate stage

What can you do to enable pathway for your Sisters to elected positions? A panel debate with young female candidates for the European Election sharing their experience and pieces of advice for success.

with

Neva Grašič,  MEP candidate

Yana Giovanis, MEP candidate

Siiri Muhonen, youngest parliamentary elections candidate 2019

Moderator: Maj Jensen Christensen, Secretary General Young European Socialists

3 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Digital Activism tent

Social media training on how to use Facebook and Instagram tools for politics, to campaign, defend causes, engage communities and to foster civic engagement. Focus on elections integrity and transparency.

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3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding tent

With only 28% of young people turning out to vote in the last European Elections, are we taking the European project for granted? Since the last election, we’re seeing more and more threats to democracy and to Europe. Is voting the strongest method to protect our values? Or do we need to do more to fight for Europe?

Co-organised with: Lifelong Learning Platform, JEF Europe

4 p.m. - 5 p.m. - OBESSU & the European Students’ Union tent

A favourite game, with an EU and education spin on it! Join us to have fun and learn facts about current European affairs related to education. If your team wins, one of you gets to sit on our panel later!

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Debate stage

Improving election integrity starts with working on access to basic information and ends with offering many and clear ways for people to actually cast their ballot. Digital technologies offer great tools and platforms to strengthen the integrity of electoral processes, from breaking down barriers to information to enabling online voting systems. Integrity also comes from inclusion and online tools can help voters who face difficulties in casting their vote. Join us at POLITICO’s Spotlight “Election Integrity 2.0: Voter participation in the digital era” taking place during the Yo!Fest 2019 on April 30 in Brussels. The event will feature a panel discussion focusing on how Europe can put today’s technological disruption at the service of the electorate and how these technologies can deepen and broaden voter participation. 

with

Carina Autengruber, President, the European Youth Forum

Alejandro Moledo, Policy Coordinator, the European Disability Forum

Renate Nikolay, head of cabinet of European Commissioner Vera Jourova, European Commission

Lauri Tankler, Chief Policy officer, Estonian Information System Authority

Co-organised with: POLITICO

More details and RSVP here.

5 p.m. - 6 p.m. - European Educational Exchanges - Youth for Understanding tent

How well do you know the European Project? What does it mean to be an active European citizen? In our workshop you’ll learn the skills you need to become an active citizen and how you can make a change in Europe. Through our interactive, simulation, role-playing-game we’ll explore some of the issues young people face and look at solutions to how we can create a Europe that works for all young people.

Co-organised with: EEE-YFU, the European Confederation of Youth Clubs, YFU Vlaanderen

Supported by: Erasmus Student Network

5:30 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - Digital Activism tent

Social media training on how to use Facebook and Instagram tools for politics, campaigning, defend causes, engage communities and foster civic engagement. Focused on civic engagement.

Registration & information.